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State of Michigan sues Hannahville Indian Community over Gaming Compact

The State of Michigan has filed a lawsuit against the Hannahville Indian Community.  The State is asserting that the Hannahville Indian Community’s class III gaming compact has expired (the agreement was executed in 1993). A copy of the complaint is … Continue reading

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Bureau of Indian Affairs Updates Tribal Transportation Regulations

Final rule is available here. Here is the Summary: This final rule updates the Tribal Transportation Program regulations (formerly the Indian Reservation Roads Program) to comply with statutory updates. The Tribal Transportation Program is a program to address the surface … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Federal Indian Policy: Postscript

Back in July, I wrote a commentary post titled Donald Trump and Federal Indian Policy, which put some of Trump’s public statements about Indian tribes and American Indians into context vis-a-vis federal Indian policy.  As I explained: Donald Trump’s most notable … Continue reading

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Enbridge pipeline litigation, and its (potential) impact on tribal treaty rights in the Great Lakes

In 2010, Enbridge Energy Partners’ Line 6 Oil Pipeline burst near the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, spilling 1.1 million gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River system. At the time, it was the worst inland oil spill in … Continue reading

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Dept. of the Interior Issues Secretarial Procedures for North Fork Rancheria

On July 29th, the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs issued “secretarial procedures” for the North Fork Rancheria.  A copy of those procedures can be found here. “Secretarial procedures” are, in essence, a class III gaming compact imposed by the Secretary … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Federal Indian Policy: “They don’t look like Indians to me.”

In 1993, Donald Trump appeared before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources to offer testimony on Indian gaming. 1993 Donald Trump bears a striking resemblance to Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, in terms of demeanor and language … Continue reading

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Navajo Nation Office of Legal Counsel Seeking Interns

Details are available here: Legal Internship opening If interested, contact Karis Begay:  

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Placing Proposed Amendments to IGRA in Historical Context

On April 27, 2016, California Congressman LaMalfa introduced H.R. 5079, titled the “California Compact Protection Act.” This legislation was spurred by proposals of the North Fork Rancheria and the Enterprise Rancheria in California to develop two separate gaming facilities under … Continue reading

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Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs approves gaming application for Cloverdale Rancheria

Decision letter is linked here. The Record of Decision is here. The decision was approved under IGRA’s “Restored Lands Exception” An excerpt from Acting Assistant Secretary Larry Roberts’s letter to the Rancheria: As a result of the United States’ repugnant … Continue reading

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Parties seek intervention in Right-of-Way Regulation Lawsuit

The Three Affiliated Tribes of Ft. Berthold and the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association have sought to intervene in Western Energy Alliance v. Jewell. The materials for the Three Affiliated Tribes are here: Motion to Intervene: TAT Mot to Int Brief … Continue reading

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